Re: NANFA-- fish size trivia question

Scott Davis (
Sun, 21 Apr 2002 18:07:05 -0500

Just a guess and some hasty proof texting... How about the family

The big boy could be the Jewfish grouper, Epinephelus itajara. One site
suggests that a documented specimen could go 750 pounds for a caught fish
which measured 7-7 1/2 feet long.

In the venerable tradition of fishermen (and campfires) everywhere, that
site repeated an errie story of a much larger Jewfish on videotape. The
diver, whose video camera had been recovered, wasn't found. ;)

Should SERRANIDAE fit the bill, than one of the basslets like Luzonichthys
earlei, Earle's splitfin Anthias, at two inches long
might be one of the smallest.

How many ounces would a two inch basslet weigh?

(If first prize is one week in beautiful Park Forest, IL and second prize is
two weeks in beautiful Park Forest, IL - I'll just die.)

All the best!

In beautiful, rainy, Park Forest, IL

> What family of fishes exhibits the greatest size range among two of its
> species among all fish families in the world?
> Hint: the largest species in this family can grow up to 223 times larger
> than its smallest.
> Bonus points if you can tell me what the two species are.
> Chris Scharpf
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